Powerball Fever Taking Over Texoma

Powerball Fever Taking Over Texoma
A Wichita Falls resident has claimed a $2M Powerball prize following the March 17 drawing. (Source: KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Powerball fever is catching on like wildfire across Texoma. 
     "I don't really have this chance to win that much money so I figured, hey, why not," Wichita Falls resident Kenon Lawry said. 
The jackpot has reached a growing $1.5 billion. The cash payout is a mere $930 million. This has led many to convenience stores across the area. 
     "Who wouldn't? The chance to win that much money, I mean what can go wrong," Jake Bussey of Windthorst said.
The odds are 252.2 million to one, but that's not stopping anyone from buying these tickets. Officials with Texas Lottery said more than 2.5 billion dollars worth of Powerball tickets have been sold since the last time someone hit the jackpot on November 4th. This boom in ticket sales has also provided a boom for businesses. Cashier at JJ's on McNiel and Kell said their sales have went through the roof.
     "Our sales have went sky rocket. I mean we've got people coming in here that we've never seen before," Cindy Monroe, Cashier at JJ's said. 
The same is happening at the 7-Eleven on Grant and Kemp.
     "Yeah, we're seeing about $3,000 to $5,000 a day, where normally we seen anywhere to about $200 to $500 on sales when the jackpot gets big. So we've never seen sales this high," Amber Bridges, Manager at 7-Eleven said. 
     Bridges has been working for 7-Eleven for eight years and she said she's never seen a jackpot this high. Bridges and Monroe not only sale tickets, they're bought their own as well. 
If you haven't purchased your tickets you have until 9:00 p.m. to do so. Lottery officials said due to the high volume in ticket sales, it will take several hours after the drawing to sort through the numbers and determine if there is a winner or winners.

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